Two Rogue Rowing youth rowers are part of a group of 52 from the Northwest Region that have been selected to compete at the Youth Regional Challenge on Saturday and Sunday in Sarasota, Florida. The event kicks off the 2017 World Rowing Championships, where 312 of the top Under-19 rowers from all corners of the United States will come together to compete for one of six regions.

Representing the Ashland-based Rogue Rowing will be Alexis Benton, 15, and Sam Powell, 14. Benton and Powell will be joined by Rogue Rowing Executive Director Rick Brown, who will be coaching the boys quadruple sculls for the Northwest Region. Benton is a sophomore at St. Mary’s High School and lives in Medford. Powell is a home-schooled freshman who lives in Jacksonville. Benton has been rowing for about two years and Powell has about one year of experience under his belt.

Both were also selected and attended junior national team rowing camps this past summer.

“It is an awesome honor for Alexis and Sam to be selected to compete on the national stage within an international competition," Brown said. "I am very excited to see our rowers begin to receive this recognition as it means a lot for them, our entire junior program, as well as our entire organization.”